On The Avenue

Some Allied Evening

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WWII was a trying time for love. Not like most of us were even alive back then, but Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard’s performance in Allied transported us to 1940s England, and told the story of two lovers who would be ripped apart by war. However, all might not be what it seems.

The screening of the film took place at the iPic movie theatre in FiDi, which is arguably a theater fit for a hedge fund manager’s home. The reclining seats and call buttons to request service were something you would expect to see on an episode of VH1’s The Fabulous Life.

After the screening, guests gathered in the Turk Room for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, where they were also graced with the presence of the film’s star, the gorgeous Marion Cotillard. Brad Pitt was missing, perhaps given all the controversy with his relationship with Angelina Jolie, he still isn’t allowed outside of the house?

There was a crowd of people gathered around Marion Cotillard trying to capture a few moments of the stunning beauty’s time. Well, who else would be leading the pack but Donna Karan and Bruce Weber? There’s nothing like watching famous people fangirl over other famous people. See, they really are just like us.

One of the best drinks of choice for the night was the spiked strawberry lemonade, otherwise known as the Norma Jean. There was even a private room for guests who preferred a little more privacy and quiet conversation that would open by pulling a book out of a book shelf. Someone took a cue from Scooby Doo.

Whether or not lobster is even season right now didn’t make any difference to the caterers at this party. Lobster rolls were one of the most beloved hors d’oeuvres of the evening. It paired surprisingly well with some of the other drink offerings of the night like red wine survived in goblet glasses. What a night to be at the movies.

Other guests in attendance included Simon McBurney, director Robert Zemeckis, producer Steve Starkey, costume designer Joanna JohnstonMatthew Morrison, Paul Haggis, Valentino & Giancarlo Giammetti, Donna Karan, Bruce Weber, Sebastian Stan, Louisa Krause, Jeremy Strong, Anne McNally, Dayssi Kanavos, Lillian Stern, Jackie AstierSandra Brant, Rosanna Scotto, Kiera Chaplin, Geoffrey Fletcher, Chaske Spencer, Will Cotton, Alexandra Agoston, Daniel Benedict, Alex Lundqvist, Cory Bond, Jake Davies, Vanessa Moody, Ian Mellencamp, Mark Seliger, Fern Mallis, Candy Pratts Price and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.

Allied opens with Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan, played by Pitt, being dropped off in North Africa. There, he meets French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour as they unite for a secret mission behind enemy lines and they fall in love.

The two eventually marry as the war is still going on, with the blitz taking place during their wedding night. It certainly made for an interesting backdrop.

They have a child, Vatan appears to be put in more of a desk role, and Beausejour has left the spy life behind her and is now a happy homemaker. Drama, thrills and suspense follow as Beausejour might have a secret up her sleeve.

Visit Allied’s website at alliedmovie.com.


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